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What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread


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#46381 ONLINE   catsinthewelder

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:01 PM

The weather is making me grin. Finally managed to build some raised beds for a customer today that have been on the list for nearly 6 months but endlessly put off due to soggy ground. Think I might have a bit of sunburn though.

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#46382 OFFLINE   Eddie Honda

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:20 PM

Look at this!
Alf Roberts had a Mazda 929, how cool is that?


I only remember the MG he had.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:40 PM

Mum's gone to London until Monday for her sister's birthday.

 

It's a grin because it's the first time she's left me and my dad alone in fucking years, the break from having to deal with her mental health and digestive issues is more than welcome as it puts a massive strain on me and my dad, as there's barely anything she can do for herself, through a combination of lower back issues and compulsions meaning she refuses to user her hands properly.

She also had to let Old Man use her Cooper S - OCD wouldn't permit this up to now, but she can't get into the Prelude so he had to give her a lift to the station in it. 

 

I came along for the ride as I knew Old Man was going to give the Bini some much-needed excercise, and sure enough as soon as the mother was out of the way he proceeded to let the car do what it does best :grin:


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:29 PM

Decent quote on insurance sorted, empty roads over the moors, and the weather being glorious.

 

Slight grump tape deck is getting more shit, and the drivers speaker has decided it vibrates like a Nuns convention when the Vicar is out of town.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:57 PM

I don't know if it's possible here in the uk but when I worked for Westpac Trust you used to be able to treat your mortgage a bit like a current account, have your salary(s) paid direct to the mortgage account, live off your credit card for the month before paying the card off from the mortgage account, you obviously need cast iron discipline with spending but it made a huge difference to repayment times. As long as you spend less than you earn minus the minimum repayment all is good.

Anyway congratulations on your first home! I hope you will be very happy.

Yeah, they are available, known as offset mortgages. The most well known one is the one account, but there are loads of options. Paid my house off in 7 years instead of 25 and along the way saved tens of thousands in interest.

Youre right about needing to be disciplined to make it work, you effectively have a massive overdraft facility secured against your house, which gives you a lot of spending power.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 06:13 PM

Or just move to Accrington - £40k for house and 5 year mortgage. 


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:05 PM

Yeah but you have to live in Accrington.....

 

 

 

Mind you I'd have to be paid (a hell of a lot) to live in London too.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:21 PM

On the run home from work in the 45 this evening I was sat behind a modern convertible Maserati thing.  For the first part of the journey we were stuck behind some dithering old coot in a Mondeo, but when he finally turned off and the road went back to NSL the Maserati owner started to drive a little* more enthusiastically.  And fark me did it sound nice for a modern.  I had my windows down, and even over the bellow of a redlining L-series I could hear the snarl of his exhausts and the popping and crackling on the overrun quite clearly.  I thought exhaust notes like that had been sanitised out of existence - evidently I were wrong.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:33 PM

What makes me grin?

Sunshine!!!!!!!
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:33 PM

I got overtaken by a modern mustang with 'loud' exhausts on, no idea what they were supposed to be like but it sounded awful, I was really tempted to ask if it was the 2.3 Ecoboost to piss the guy off but he had his window up in the queue.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:04 PM

You may have seen it already, but someone at work showed this to me today and I honestly laughed until I had tears in my eyes.  Genuinely the funniest thing I've seen so far this year (deceased moggy aside obvs).

 

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:40 PM

Yeah but you have to live in Accrington.....
 
 
 
Mind you I'd have to be paid (a hell of a lot) to live in London too.


What's the attraction , living in London I mean , people who live there rave about it , until they leave and realise how shit it really is , dirty, cramped, expensive , impossible to travel across , nobody speaks until they leave then you can't shut them up.

Every time I've been to London I'm fucking glad when the train door closes on the trip home , and that 1500 people stood watching the platform boards at Euston waiting for the announcement then legging it to try and get a seat , no thanks

53 murders so far this year I heard today and we're not 4 months in yet
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#46393 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:46 PM

I have no idea what the attraction is, after all the quality of life anywhere is directly proportional to the lack of people there which is mathematical proof London is a shithole.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:46 PM

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#46395 OFFLINE   Tadhg Tiogar

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:07 PM

.... 53 murders so far this year I heard today and we're not 4 months in yet


A lot of them teenagers.

Stabbed by other teenagers.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:13 PM

Two things.

I am an old giffer, my car has no dents other than those supplied by doorflingers in the supermarket car park. There is no badly oversprayed repair anywhere on MY car. I do not habitually use other cars and road furniture to slow me down at intersections. I have been recently stopped for speeding. 

These "old Giffer" things make me grumpy. 

My first house. 

Purchased when inflation here was at runaway levels. the interest rate was around 17%. 

In the next few years that was stopped and the interest rate dropped slowly to around 5%

I did not reduce the payments so huge grin which overrides any grump  :-D


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:14 PM

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:45 PM

On the way home from my sister’s saw a bloke riding a motorbike and sidecar outfit - kid in the sidecar. I thought I had slipped through a hole in the space time continuum back to my childhood.


It's a good job you didn't spot Bub on the trike - you might have thought you had slipped into the Mad Max alternative reality.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:05 AM

You know it's nearly summer when Tesco drops its unsold Christmas stock to 50p, just to get it out of the bloody store.

 

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I don't even particularly like these things, which remind me of the compressed contents of a Ped Egg coated in fibreboard, but come on... 50p.



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:56 AM

big fuck off ballast arrived  :mrgreen: (has the same density as a black hole...)

 

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so I can now light up my big fuck off LightBulb  :mrgreen:

 

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the picture does not do it justice how Bloody bright this was (and the heat it kicked off) the Lamp is a US Spec Philips 1000W metal halide lamp used in such places like US sports stadiums.

 

I actually have a second 1Kw ballast on its way which I can put in parallel with my 1st 1Kw ballast which will enable me to be able to light up my even brighter big lightbulb which is my 2000W European sports stadium lamp.  :mrgreen: I might end up blowing a few 13A fuses....


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:51 AM

I guess if you've always lived in London, grown up in London and have mates in London, then London is OK.

Those thousands of people on Euston station, well firstly they don't know about realtimetrains website that tells you which platform to be on long before the boards to.... secondly, they're at Euston - they don't live in London! They're trying to have the best of both worlds which is to live as far out of London as possible for cheaper housing, but work in London for more money. That way madness lies, you end up with every day leaving the house at 6am and getting back in at 8pm.

 

Whenever I've worked in London, the only downside has always been having to get home instead of just going to a pub after work. I really like the place and I'm sure there's bad bits I wouldn't want to live in, but there's also really nice areas. And lots of pubs. 


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:54 AM

And ten million people live there. That'd a lot, and not that many get stabbed in percentage terms. The whole of Wales had three million people. I much prefer that, but I always enjoy my (admittedly brief) visits to London.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:00 AM

When you think you're having a bad day, . . .
Q, - "How much worse could it get??".
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"A lot".

Ahh well, carry on.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:13 AM

The local Saab specialist has started importing interesting stuff from Japan:

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:18 AM

Oh hello! Where is 'local' to you?


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:22 AM

I would say bristol going by the phone number


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:23 AM

Simply Saab in Bristol. Apparently they've got this in to replace a Honda 360 they just sold.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:34 AM

That way madness lies, you end up with every day leaving the house at 6am and getting back in at 8pm.


Hours like that are a piece of piss compared to lorrying...

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:33 PM

.....to live as far out of London as possible for cheaper housing, but work in London for more money. That way madness lies, you end up with every day leaving the house at 6am and getting back in at 8pm....

 
And much of the increase in income is spent on commuting. Running just to stand still?

And ten million people live there....

 
Most of those will have been accounted for. There'll always be some who don't appear on any census. Next one due in 2021.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 02:37 PM

I love the smell of burnt caps in the afternoon. I sniggered at how professionally I just wrote my fault report to HP:

 

"Power supply failure.
Switch went down while in production environment, when connected to power in our test environment the power supply audibly failed, tripping the electrical circuit breaker for the room.

Cannot provide logs."

 

 

Basically, we had a network switch go down this morning. We replaced it with another from our stock. My colleague decided to power it on in our office and it went BANG rather spectacularly. :D


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